Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Come Enjoy A Cup Of Tea In The Card Shed From Whim Interior Designs Private Home That Was Previously Antique Dealer Gep Durenberyer's Historic Home

Fortune cookie messages saved in a ceramic bowl is a personal touch and treasure by Daviell, the current owner of this historic property. This touched me as such an simple treasure that must have a lot of meaning for him. Sometimes it is a simple thing that is personal to the owner that make a house a home.

Would you believe that Bill Blass, Lady Keith, and Gillian Wilson have played cards in this shed? I couldn't believe it. So, I did a little research on this historic home that was built in 1923 this is currently the private home of the owners of Whim Interior Design in San Juan Capistrano, Ca, Daviell Maldonado and Eric Guenther.
Here is a bit of history as written when the previous owner, Gep Durenberger owned the property:
Gep Durenberger is a well known antiques dealer in San Juan Capistrano. "Mr. Durenberger bought the home his family owned more than 60 years ago. Durenberger wanted to maintain the integrity of the structure and return it to the look it most likely had when his family lived there in the early 1900s. To do so, he returned it to a single family dwelling and added faux stone walls in the formal entry.

Durenberger Home Facts:

Faux stone walls are an easy do-it-yourself project. Be sure the "stones" are proportionate to the size of the room and the expanse of the wall.

Bay windows were created to add shape and dimension to houses that were typically boxy.

Any standard swing-style door can be replaced with a hidden door with concealed hinges and a hidden latch.

Trompe l'oeil, a style of painting which depicts objects in realistic, three dimensional detail, is French for "fool the eye."

Cisterns have been used for water storage for nearly 3,000 years. Public water distribution became common beyond large cities during the 20th Century.

Durenberger has devoted a good portion of his time to civic activities. He served as founding president of San Juan Beautiful, president of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society and the south county's representative on the Orange County Historical Commission.

But it is for the Durenberger Series, a series of study tours abroad and lectures on architecture and the decorative arts held at Folie Gep, the Gothic guest house on the grounds of his showcase Capistrano Beach home, that Durenberger sealed his reputation for being what one admirer described as an "evangelist for good taste."

Durenberger's Capistrano Beach home has been featured in Town and Country magazine, the World of Interiors, House and Garden (twice) and, in April, it will appear on the cover of House Beautiful. In fact, his home has appeared in so many magazines and newspapers that Durenberger wryly remarks, "I feel like a public stripper."

Despite his impressively appointed surroundings, Durenberger describes his home as "humble" and insists that he is not a man "of means." "No, I'm not," he says, "it's a sham, and an illusion."

Oh, I have lots more fabulous photos to share of this magnificent home and more fun facts. They actually have a kitchen in the Folie home that was created to resemble Monet's kitchen in a striking electic blue. Crazy, right? And, 10 different secluded "rooms" in the huge garden. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am! It's amazing to find a home in Orange County with such a history. Have yourself one fabulous day filled with beauty!


Kristin said...

What incredible color combos. To have a home with a real history would be so amazing!

Lynn Russell said...

Are you sure you have your facts correct? Having been to and enjoyed Daviell and Eric's place that had an intermediate owner between them and Gep it is my understanding that the house was originally built as a beach cottage for the Doheny family. The Folly was Gep's addition to this charming little island on the land.